Last week I showed you how to antique white (or light colored) paint colors with aging powders like Dust of Ages and Ancient Aging Powder. Tons of you guys talked about your frustration with waxes and how drastically they can change the color of your painted piece. So I decided to take our little experiment to the next level with Heirloom Traditions Buttermilk and play with several different wax colors so we will know exactly what to expect when using different waxes.
If you are unsure of what finish you want to use on a project try painting up some sample pieces of molding or an old cabinet door and paint it up in the finish you are envisioning. This will give you so much confidence while you are completing your project instead of second guessing yourself the entire time you are tackling your project.
Our first finish is with Clear Soft Wax. Pretty straight forward. The main objective of a clear wax is to seal your piece and to give it a luster once it is buffed.
The second finish is with Muddy Pond Soft Wax. This is probably my #1 selling wax. I think it is most comparable to Ralph Lauren’s Tea Stain Glaze color that so many furniture painters love. It’s a subtle beigey color that’s not too overpowering.
Here is another example of Muddy Pond over Synergy.
The third finish is with Ancient Aging Powder. It provides that dark and warm finish of a wax without altering the paint color. If you missed that tutorial you can find it here.
The last finish is Dark Umber Soft Wax. This is the most drastic and darkest of the waxes.
Another example is Dark Umber applied over Peppery. Dark Umber can compete with dark and bold colors like reds and dark greens.
Heirloom Traditions has 13 different colors of tinted waxes including Peacock, Eggplant, Jet Black, Olive Green, Periwinkle, and Old Gold to name a few. I think Muddy Pond and Dark Umber are the gateway drug to tinted waxes. Watch out!